Pressure on Erdoğan over S-400 purchase won’t produce results - Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday said that pressure on Turkey for its purchase of the S-400 defense missile systems - criticized for not being compatible with NATO’s military architecture - from Russia will not produce results and only further encourage Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to stick to his decision, Sputnik news reported.
While speaking at the Saint Petersburg Economic Forum, the Russian president said: "As well as I know President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, it is quite difficult to get any results by using pressure tools towards him. On the contrary, this will encourage Mr. Erdoğan, and he will not make compromises while protecting national interests."
Turkey’s purchase of four divisions of S-400 surface-to-air missile division for $2.5 billion from Russia has raised concerns among NATO member countries. the U.S. Congress has adopted laws that could see Turkey facing sanctions over the deal while accelerated efforts to deliver the systems to Turkey.
The Turkish government condemned the new legislation going through the U.S. Congress that could bar the sale of new generation F-35 fighter jets to Turkey, pledging to “respond accordingly” if the law is passed.
"I am having a hard time to explain this pressure. Such attitude against Turkey is unfair." Putin said in criticism of the international pressure facing Erdoğan’s Turkey.
Despite international pressure, Ankara has made it clear that the deal with Russia is ''done and over with,'' and the systems are scheduled for delivery beginning in July 2019.